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Canine Bowen Therapy

Canine Bowen Therapy is a gentle hands-on therapy working over the muscles, tendons and soft tissue of the dogs body.

Using fingers and thumbs on precise points of the dogs body, I apply small rolling movements over the soft tissue.  Used in a series of sequences, the moves help release and relax the body.

Its very specific and positive impact on the body’s connective tissue network, the fascia, can assist repair and recovery and help maintain general health.

Canine Bowen Therapy can assist dogs with:

  • Muscular dysfunction, pain, stiffness or restricted range of movement.
  • Arthritis, helping to improve your dogs quality of life.
  • Post surgery – assisting recovery times.
  • Cruciate Ligament Instability.
  • Lameness and other gait problems.
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia, helping to improve quality of life.
  • Stress and anxiety.
  • Recurrent ear problems.
  • As a maintenance therapy for working and agility dogs.

I provide the sessions from my premises in Halcombe.   Home visits may also be possible – please contact me to discuss.

Cost:                                 $40 per session

You’ll need to allow up to an hour for the first visit so I can take a detailed history and assess your dog.   This also gives your dog time to get accustomed to and relaxed with me.  The actual hands-on therapy time normally takes no more than 20 minutes.  Additional sessions normally take between 30-40 minutes.

Over the three or four days following a treatment, your dogs body will continue to realign and rebalance itself.   Some dogs feel tired after a session and will sleep more than they normally would.    This is a good thing because the body does a lot of healing during sleep.

The number of Bowen Therapy sessions your dog will need depends on the type of injury/condition and I can chat to you more about that on your first visit.


By undertaking some simple strategies, the effectiveness of this therapy can be greatly enhanced.

Following a treatment:

  • It is necessary that a positive, but low level of activity be initiated for your dog. Exercise twice daily on a lead and avoid rough and steep ground.  It is important to maintain controlled exercise for at least three days.
  • Avoid allowing your dog to jump (e.g. into cars or onto chairs/beds)
  • Try to avoid slippery floors or areas where they may re-injure
  • Avoid any other form of manual therapy on the dog for a week following treatment.
  • Ensure ample drinking water is available for the dog directly after a treatment. It is normal for them to head straight for the bowl after a treatment and often be thirsty for some time after.

Please contact me if you have any questions, I’m happy to talk to you about how Bowen Therapy can help your dog.